28 firecracker-related injuries reported in Negros Occidental

Published January 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, 28 firecracker-related injuries were reported here and in Negros Occidental.

Of the total figure, 23 people were injured in the province, including nine minors from Dec. 28, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020, while five cases were reported in Bacolod City involving four minors and an adult from Dec. 24, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2019.

The areas with the highest number of cases in the province were La Castellana town and Talisay City with five cases each, followed by four cases each in Hinigaran town and Cadiz City, two cases each in Silay City and Moises Padilla town, and one case in Kabankalan City.

Minor victims were aged 3 to 17 while adult victims were 19 to 54. Most cases happened outside the designated firecracker zones.

Maj. Edison Garcia, public information officer of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO), said there were 13 fewer cases in the province in 2019, from 36 incidents in 2018.

In Bacolod City, firecracker-related injuries also declined by three cases in 2019 from eight cases the previous year.

Lt. Col. Ariel Pico, public information officer of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said the New Year’s celebration here was generally peaceful with no significant incidents recorded.
No indiscriminate firing incidents were reported here and in the province.